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Ghost Hunting: How to Investigate the Paranormal [Paperback]

Loyd Auerbach
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December 16, 2003
GHOSTHUNTING is a common sense approach to the investigation and resolution of cases of reported ghostly happenings, including apparitions, hauntings and poltergeists. Written so that the reader quickly grasps what parapsychologists think ghosts are and how to best deal with the phenomena and the experiences of the people having them. Covers the investigative process from the initial call and assessment to the on-site investigative techniques and technology. Deals with how to come up with solutions and resolutions—ways to get "rid" of the phenomena. Includes a discussion of the use of technology and the use of psychics in paranormal investigations and if anyone can prove the existence of ghosts. Finally, the book covers information resources and organizations that the new ghost-hunter and the person who encounters a ghost can find to learn more about the subject and for help with cases they’re investigating or phenomena they’re experiencing.

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About the Author

LOYD AUERBACH, M.S., is the Director of the Office of Paranormal Investigations, a consulting Editor for FATE Magazine, President of the California Society for Psychical Study, an adjunct Professor at JFK University and President of the international organization, the Psychic Entertainers Association.

Auerbach holds a degree in Cultural Anthropology from Northwestern University and a graduate degree in Parapsychology from John F. Kennedy University.

He recently co-founded a new association, the Paranormal Research Organization, which is aimed at networking and bringing professional standards to paranormal investigators all over the world.

He is a professional mentalist and psychic entertainer, performing as Professor Paranormal.

Loyd Auerbach has appeared on hundreds of radio shows, and dozens of local and national TV shows, including Larry King Live, Unsolved Mysteries, The Today Show, OPRAH, Sightings, and Late Night with David Letterman. He is constantly haunting occasional new shows and many re-runs on TechTV, the Discovery Channel, A&E, the History Channel and The Learning Channel. He is featured in and was Series Consultant for the fall 2001 Travel Channel mini-series "America's Most Haunted Places."

He has been conducting his investigations and research in the world of psychic phenomena and the paranormal for close to 25 years.

Product details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Ronin Publishing (December 16, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579510671
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579510671
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.5 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,040,275 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very Dry Read. January 14, 2004
By Kikaida
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I understand that Mr. Auerbach is quite versed in his field and highly respected amongst his peers however this book falls short.
During the first few chapters I got the impression that Mr. Auerbach just banged them out over the course of an hour or two. It came across as very impersonal and at some points bordered on arrogant.
Now don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that what he is presenting is wrong. It's just he has a very simplistic approach to his facts. Also he leaves little to no room for other explanations. For example, the small section I read on the Ouija board more put it into the light of "Subconscious manipulation" and disregarded any other notion that it is anything else but a toy. Chalking up all the bad experiences that so many people have experienced as "Coincidence" or them searching for or creating problems for them selves. That to me pretty much sealed it. Granted that is correct to a point but it is not the final say in the subject as he would have you believe. He is so convinced of his own expertise that if it doesn't fit his mold or ideas it's just simply wrong (my impression).
Now I'm not some New-Age moron, neither do I believe in fairies and dragons. I fancy my self a scientist and a student, with an open mind. However this book is written in more of a presentational manner of explaining 100% all paranormal phenomenon. As if it has all the answers....It doesn't.
I bought three books on the subject at the same time and this was the one I was really looking forward to the most but I must say that I am quite disappointed.
Lots of assumed facts presented in a very rushed manner.
Some aspects of "Close mindedness" are very apparent.
He conveys a sense of "No other explanation so I am right."
He makes up your mind for you.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful addition to any ghost hunter's library December 17, 2003
This is an absolutely fabulous book! It explains in clear and simple terms the basics of parapsychology, what kind of techniques and equipment are useful in ghostbusting, and what questions should be asked (both privately and of your colleagues and witnesses), all delightfully illustrated. What I like best is how well it lays out the do's and don'ts to keep the beginner on the right track and out of trouble. It's a must-have book for anyone with an interest in ghost hunting by one of the true leading experts in the field!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Basic & Typo Central... December 4, 2007
I was hoping to get much more from this book based on the author's reputation, but the material is basic at best. It's more of a Ghost Hunting 101 pre-course. What was extremely irritating about this book was the number of typos. It seemed almost every page contained a typo that any fifth grader could have picked up on. The horrible editing on this book was a real distraction.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Longwinded July 23, 2008
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I respect Loyd Auerbach immensely, but the chapters in this book are so longwinded when it comes to psi abilities that it leaves non-psychic investigators out of the loop. I understand that Mr. Auerbach is a mentalist but when writing a book with the subcaption: How to Investigate the paranormal, you'd expect it to be for people of non-psychic ability as well.
Overall the book is informative if you have "medium" abilities but does little for the regular investigative scientist.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Better Books on This Subject December 6, 2007
Having just joined an established paranormal research group, I wanted to read some books on the actual process of investigations, so I would have a better idea of what to do while out on the field. I've spent much of my life studying paranormal phenomena, but up until now, have not been able to get hands on, so to speak.

This book is exactly what I was looking for, as it covers everything from how to use the equipment to conducting interviews with potential clients. It is very detailed and informative for anyone who takes this subject as seriously as I do, and while some of the reading is rather dry, or even slow paced; the fact is, you can immediately put this stuff into practice when going out on an investigation, hence my reasoning for the five star rating.

Any amateur can take a camcorder and a voice recorder and claim to be a ghost hunter; but if you want to make this a serious endeavour by starting your own group, or joining an existing one, you owe it to yourself to read this book first. You'll learn quite a bit from 'professor paranormal'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book on Paranormal Investigations July 27, 2012
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As an investigator for 28 years, I found this book to be excellent in describing basic investigation skills required by all investigators in the the broad field of investigation. The author dose an excellent job in weaving the skills need for investigation with the field of the paranormal. Critics could say there is some repetitiveness in the way the books is written, but with any good manual, repetitiveness is necessary when building a skill set for the reader to acquire. The author continues to reinforce important aspects regarding the paranormal and investigations as he introduces new concepts and techniques. I like the fact that the author dose not focus so much on the new "tech" wave that is so prevalent in TV shows, but shows the importance of utilizing proven investigative techniques to acquire facts and data related to the investigation. In addition, the additional focus that is placed on the witness is something not usually stressed in most TV shows and books. Moreover, the author conveys the importance of understanding the client, and in doing so, the investigator will better understand the apparition. Although this book does contain editing errors, I strongly recommend this book for anyone interested in the paranormal investigation filed.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars New Teams Should Read
This would be a great read for those new to the felid or for people wanting to expand their insight a bit.
Published on April 18, 2015 by sayheyjayray
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Information For the Newbie and Expert
Loyd Auerbach is one of the most respected figures in the paranormal field. Whether you are brand new at investigating or looking to tune up your skills, this is your go to book.
Published on June 21, 2014 by Katherine Brennan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great training tool for new paranormal investigation
Recommended for all new investigation team. Great starting resources for information, tools and other valuable information. Should be a must read.
Published on July 14, 2013 by PJSFOLLEYS
4.0 out of 5 stars Rookie Hunters, this is the book for you.
For all of you who want to start ghost hunting, read this book first. It will tell you all about how to go about it. What to ask, what not to ask etc. Read more
Published on February 23, 2013 by Mark McQueen
3.0 out of 5 stars I've read better...
This book was pretty boring to me and very difficult to stay interested in. I didn't really get much out of it that I haven't found in other books that are more interesting and... Read more
Published on May 20, 2007 by Maria L. Evans
3.0 out of 5 stars Depressingly workmanlike effort
This book is a total cash-in for Auerbach. His investigations are completely non-critical, the tips he shares are common-sense at best, and a cloying sense of self-importance... Read more
Published on September 6, 2006 by K. Raudive
2.0 out of 5 stars This kind of was not what it should have been
While interesting, I get the distinct impression anyone that has seen Ghost Busters could write it.
Published on May 3, 2006 by Diane Burgess
1.0 out of 5 stars Book makes ghosts a boring subject
I have always liked ghost stories and enjoy researching such tales, photographing the locations, and writing about them, but Auerbach and others like him have just about succeeded... Read more
Published on December 1, 2004 by lee77
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